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Pencil This In: Hong Kong Gangster Films; 'Star Dreck'; Pico Iyer in Conversation

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Here’s the short list of what’s happening in LA tonight: There’s a discussion on art and culture with Pico Iyer; Kumail Nanjiani and Matt Mira critique some of the worst Star Trek episodes live; Holy Fuck comedy has a release party and show for its new comedy album; Eve Ensler discusses her new memoir; and the Grindhouse Film Fest screens two rarely seen Honk Kong gangster films. Read on for all the details.

COMEDY
Holy Fuck is a free stand-up comedy show that’s been running for the past three years in DTLA. The show releases a new album featuring 44 comedians doing stand-up or sketches, recorded from four earlier shows this year. The new album features bits by Dana Gould, Kyle Kinane, Natasha Leggero, Eric Andre, Rory Scovel, James Adomian, Moshe Kasher, Matt Braunger, among others. Hosted by Dave Ross & Jeff Wattenhofer, tonight’s release party at the Downtown Independent features comedy by Greg Behrendt and a number of comedians from the album. And the Downtown Independent has a great selection of craft beer, too.

STAR DRECK
Tonight at 8 pm, Nerdmelt presents the next installment of Star Dreck, in which comedians and Trekkies Kumail Nanjiani and Matt Mira introduce the audience to Star Trek episodes that haven't held up through the years. With the help of Moshe Kasher and Rory Scovel, they’ll rip the selected show to shreds—with love of course. $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

TALK
The Getty Center presents the Getty Perspectives program tonight at 7 pm, featuring a conversation between J. Paul Getty Trust President & CEO James Cuno and author Pico Iyer. The far-reaching conversation can touch on museums, cosmopolitan culture, the international community and other timely topics. Free, but reservations recommended.

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BOOKS
Tonight at 7 pm at All Saints Church in Pasadena, author and activist Eve Ensler discusses signs her latest work, In the Body of the World: A Memoir. While she’s devoted to women’s issues, the female body and how to protect and value it, she spent much of her life “disassociated from her own body—a disconnection brought on by her father's sexual abuse and her mother's remoteness.” Her experiences of working in the Congo and battling cancer have helped her re-connect to the world at large. The event is free and open to the public, but you need to buy a copy of the book from Vroman's to get it signed. The Vroman's receipt gets you a line ticket for the signing.

GRINDHOUSE FEST*
Tonight the Grindhouse Fest at the New Beverly presents two 35 mm prints of rarely screened Hong Kong gangster films from the 1980s. At 7:30 pm is the brutal The Big Heat, directed by Andrew Kam and Johnnie To. It’s followed by the action/comedy film Tiger on Beat with Chow Yun-fat and Conan Lee, directed by Lau Kar-leung. The film’s described as Hong Kong's answer to the Lethal Weapon films. The New Bev suggests staying sober enough to read because the films will be shown in Cantonese with English subtitles. Admission for the double feature is $8.
*Pencil this in pick of the day

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